Urban Meyer Plans Return for Spring Practice

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIJanuary 23, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators stands on the sidelines during the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Cincinnati Bearcats at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Earlier tonight, during a Florida and South Carolina men's basketball game, Gators coach Urban Meyer stated that he planned to return to his coaching position by the time spring practice rolls around.

This would mean his indefinite leave of absence actually never was.

It all began right after the end of the regular season, when Meyer told the press that he would be stepping down as coach of the Gators. He cited health issues related to stress as the cause for his vacancy.

Meyer, 45, then changed his course of action and instead took an 'indefinite leave of absence' from his coaching position. This statement now left the chance that he would be back as coach or possibly in a lesser role until he considered himself healthy enough to return.

Then, after Florida's final game of the year, he led many to speculate he might be back even sooner then that.

In a comment after a Sugar Bowl win over Cincinnati, "I plan on being the coach of the Gators."

This all comes just 28 days after his retirement from college football.

It seems Meyer never actually left the organization and may not be leaving at all, as he participated in recruiting activities during this off-season. He stated his workload has not been any different than seasons past.

Coach Meyer has led Florida to multiple championship seasons, winning the BCS National Championship game in 2006 and 2008. He has been successful everywhere he's played, including a 17-6 coaching record at Bowling Green, 22-2 record at Utah, and a 57-10 record in five seasons at Florida.